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Get a narrated tour of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens by electric-powered caterpillar shuttle. The 1-hour ride makes frequent stops where you can disembark to explore the lovely landscapes and extensive plant collection. Combine your experience with a hop-on hop-off tour aboard the Christchurch Tram, a restored heritage vehicle that travels between 17 stops. Other optional upgrades include a punt cruise on the Avon River, a ride on the Christchurch Gondola, or a combination of all four tours.


  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens caterpillar tour
  • View native and exotic plant species on an open-air electric vehicle
  • See downtown sights on the optional hop-on hop-off tram tour
  • Choose from optional add-ons for a customized Christchurch sightseeing experience
  • Upgrade to the Christchurch Gondola for panoramic views from the summit lookout
  • Upgrade to the Avon River punt ride for a relaxing cruise

What You Can Expect

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour with Optional Hop-On Hop-Off Tram, Gondola and Avon River Punting

Christchurch Tram

Make your way to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens to board an electric-powered caterpillar bus for your open-top tour through the 52-acre (21-hectare) preserve, situated between Hagley Park and the Avon River.

During the approx. 1-hour ride, hear live commentary as you learn about culinary and medicinal herbs, tropical plants, and more. Hop off at frequent stops to explore the glass conservatories and see some of the 250 types of roses in two rose gardens.

When booking, you have the option of four tour upgrades, which are detailed in the Itinerary section. If you wish, combine your exploration of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with a hop-on hop-off city sightseeing tour on the meticulously restored Christchurch Tram (see list of stops below). Alternatively, opt to include a ride on the Christchurch Gondola, Avon River punting or a combination of all of the above.

Tram stops:
  1. Cathedral Junction
  2. Cathedral Square
  3. Mill Island
  4. Re:START Mall
  5. Ballantynes
  6. The Crossing
  7. Manchester Street
  8. High Street
  9. City Punting
  10. Art Gallery
  11. Worcester Boulevard
  12. Museum and Botanic Gardens
  13. Hagley Park Corner
  14. Cramner Square
  15. Casino
  16. Victoria Square
  17. New Regent Street


Customer Reviews


4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

Interesting tour and the gardens were beautiful!

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